MTC's JUMPY with Jane Turner Begins in February

By: Dec. 11, 2014
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Australian comedy icon Jane Turner and rising star Brenna Harding play mother and daughter in Jumpy, the West End hit by April De Angelis about frazzled hopes and parental anxiety. Directed by Pamela Rabe, this Australian premiere opens MTC 's 2015 Season at 8pm Thursday 5 February at Southbank Theatre, The Sumner ahead of a Sydney Theatre Company season.

Jane Turner (Kath & Kim) returns to MTC to tread the boards as Hilary, a modern woman coming to terms with middle age and the trials of dealing with her wayward daughter Tilly, played by Logie Award-winner Brenna Harding (Puberty Blues).

Rounding out the cast of this domestic comedy is Marina Prior (Mary Poppins), Caroline Brazier (Rake), David Tredinnick (The Secret Life of Us), Laurence Boxhall (Deadline Gallipoli), John Lloyd Fillingham (The Secret River), Tariro Mavondo (Belleville) and Dylan Watson (The Beauty Queen of Leenane).

Turning fifty isn't the worst of it for Hilary. Nor is it the feeling that life has passed her by, that her marriage is failing, or that her job is going nowhere. It's not even the feeling of suffocation and panic that overcomes her at unexpected moments. Oh no, the worst of it is her fifteen year-old daughter, Tilly, wayward, precocious and contrary, driving her to hair-clutching despair. But perhaps it's not even that. Could it just be that young Tilly insists on grabbing every freedom that passing time has denied her mother?

April De Angelis is a British playwright and librettist. Her play Jumpy premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2012 to critical acclaim and is currently being developed as a television series. De Angelis' other work includes A Gloriously Mucky Business, Calais, Country, Playhouse Creatures, Wild East, A Laughing Matter, The Warwickshire Testimony, The Positive Hour, an adaptation of Wuthering Heights, and Catch, which was a collaboration with four other female playwrights for Royal Court. Her librettos include Flight for Glyndebourne Opera and The Silent Twins for Almeida Theatre.

Pamela Rabe has previously directed Solomon and Marion, Elling and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) for MTC; Elling, The Serpent's Teeth: Citizens for Sydney Theatre Company; and Porn.Cake for Malthouse Theatre. Her many distinguished appearances as an actor include The Cherry Orchard, His Girl Friday, Hamlet, Boston Marriage, and God of Carnage for MTC ; and Les Liaison Dangereuses, The War of the Roses, The Season at Sarsaparilla and Richard III for STC . She has worked extensively in film and television, appearing in Wentworth, The Secret Life of Us, The Well, Paradise Road, Cosi and Sirens amongst others. Rabe was a member of MTC 's Season 2012 Programming Team.

Following its season at Southbank Theatre, Jumpy will play at the Drama Theatre in Sydney from 26 March - 16 May 2015.

Cast Laurence Boxhall, Caroline Brazier, John Lloyd Fillingham, Brenna Harding, Tariro Mavondo, Marina Prior, David Tredinnick, Jane Turner, Dylan Watson.


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